Rob Gifford first went to China in 1987, as a 20-year-old undergraduate, to study the Chinese language. He has spent much of the last 20 years living in and reporting on the rise of China. In his recently published book, “China Road,” he records a two-month journey along Route 312, the Chinese equivalent of Route 66. Now NPR’s London correspondent, Gifford served as NPR’s China correspondent from 1999–2005. Gifford holds degrees in Chinese Studies from Durham University (UK) and Regional Studies (East Asia) from Harvard University.